June 7, 2006

Setting Up a GPS on Win Mobile 5

Ever have trouble setting up a GPS device on Windows Mobile 5? Ever wonder what that GPS control panel really does? Well, the folks over at the Windows Mobile Blog have heard you and they recently posted a solution for you. Windows Mobile 5 introduced a new feature called the GPS Intermediate Driver which allows multiple apps to share one GPS device. In the past, if one app had the GPS COM port open, no other app could use it. But the Intermediate Driver creates a virtual COM port that multiplexes the real GPS port, and can handle multiple client apps simultaneously.

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Fastrax Announces New iTrax300 Family of SiRFstarIII Based OEM GPS Receivers

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Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of open and portable OEM GPS Software Development environments and programmable OEM GPS receivers, today announced the iTrax300, the latest addition to the company's industry-leading range of OEM GPS receivers.

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TomTom Rider GPS at Motorcycle Week in NH

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Anyone who lives in the Northeast knows motorcycle week and knows that thousands of people jump on the bike and head to the motorcycle races around Laconia NH. Well this year TomTom will be there showing off their TomTom Rider unit that is specifically designed for motorcycle use, with features like Bluetooth and operation of the touch screen with your gloves on. If you want to demo a unit, they will have units for use there.

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June 6, 2006

New MotionBased Software Announced

MotionBased is reporting that they have released a new version of their agent that will make for a few changes in their system. Recall that MotionBased is an online service, owned by Garmin, that allows you to upload GPS information about your training loops so that you can view them online and analyze them. We reviewed MotionBased, before Garmin bought them late last year and like it a lot for its display of data and its ability to “Dot Race”. Dot Racing is the ability to race one day’s training loop vs another day’s training loop graphically on the map. It can really help you understand where you slowed down and where your trouble spots are. Motionbased is free for a basic version of the service, while full features cost between $7.95 and $11.95 per month depending on your payment plan.


A summary of the new software changes are:


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June 5, 2006

TomTom ONE on Volkswagon Polo

TomTom, has announced collaboration with Volkswagen in Portugal to offer the TomTom ONE free as part of an exclusive promotion with the popular Polo model. For those in the US – the Polo is a step down from the VW Golf. Given the price of gas, and the recent launches of sub-compacts by both Toyota and Handa, we may see a VW Polo coming to the US. Not only will they offer the TomTom ONE free with the Polo, but they will get their own edition! A special edition Volkswagen Polo called Polo GO will be launched in June offering the TomTom ONE in a very well-equipped car that comes with automatic air conditioning, alloy wheels, fog lights and much more, at a very competitive price. While they didn't get their own model, Ford did a similar promotion with Garmin earlier this year in Taiwan. Also, there are numerous situations where the manufacturers have gotten their GPS offered as an option, like our recently reported story on the FJ Cruiser, or last year's Jeep Wrangler Trail Guide announcement, but this is a first as far as I know to co-brand the car with the GPS.

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Quick Overview of the Fitness GPS Market

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There's a decent overview of the Fitness GPS market floating around that I thought I would pass along. It discusses the well known Garmin Forerunner series. Two other products it discusses work with mobile phones as part of your fitness routine. I don't know about you, but I never go for a run or long bike ride without my phone. It seems like a natural fit. The story dicusses the FWRD products out of Europe, and the Bones in Motion (BIM) product/service.

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June 4, 2006

Plan a Roadtrip - Win $25,000

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We want to call your attention to a new promotional game that seems to be well suited to those who are into GPS's and are GPS inclined. There is $160,000 in prizes up for grabs in this, and the first prize is $25,000. Not bad for a little computational work on how many miles a particular road trip will take. Basically each week clues will be posted to the UpYourBudget blog.

Click on the Ad (Wanna win $25,000?) on the left side of our homepage for more information.

The object is to be the first contestant to guess and submit the exact number of total miles for the journey. In the event that the exact number of miles is not submitted, the first submission closest to the exact number of total miles without going over will win. To accurately calculate the total miles, contestants will need to figure out the exact course of the journey. You'll have to read more at the contest website. The contest runs 4 weeks, and clues will be posted starting on Monday, and the winner will be announced each Friday of that week. So, get out your mapping software and get to it! The contest is sponsored by Budget Rent a Car and run by the guys from Weird US - the TV show on the History Channel and authors of the books.

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New Toyota FJ Cruiser with Available Garmin Quest 2

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Have you seen one of these around town lately? They look great and very retro. Anyway, if you wanted to drop some bucks on this seemingly capable on and off-roader, you can drop a few more and get the optional Garmin Quest 2 GPS available this summer direct through Toyota. Looks good sitting in its own little dash holder (see photo below). The Quest 2 features auto-routable, turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation with automatic off-route and detour recalculation. With the brilliant 256-color backlit TFT display, the Quest 2 is easy to read in any light. This waterproof unit also has a rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery that provides up to 20 hours of use; of course it comes with a 12V charger for the vehicle.

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June 2, 2006

New GPS: Pocket Loox N100 and N110

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Fujitsu-Siemens has announced their plans to release a dedicated navigation - the Pocket Loox N100, and the Pocket Loox N110. Pocket LOOX N100 Series provides everyone on the move with ease of use navigation. It offers mobile navigation in the lightest, smallest and most flexible design with its music playback capability. Outperforming even larger fix installed navigation solutions, the Pocket LOOX N100 Series is the first pocket navigator with the brand new NAVIGON software MobileNavigator|6. Weighing only 100 grams, the new Pocket LOOX N100 Series is the lightest navigation system on the market. They are designed to be used in either the landscape or portrait mode. The difference between the Loox N1000 anbd the Loox N1100 are in specification changes (see below).

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Traffic.com Launches Real Time Traffic on Windows Live Local

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Traffic.com is working hard to make sure you know what traffic is like on the roads you travel. Their site has real-time traffic feeds, and now their feeds are featured on Windows Live Local. Windows Live Local users can view interactive maps, obtain driving directions, and create customized lists of local points of interest. Enhancing this relatively static location-based content, Traffic.com’s dynamic traffic information provides up-to-the-minute flow and incident updates displayed on interactive maps for 35 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Geographic expansion will continue with future version releases. The speed data is limited to a few cities, so while you may be able to see that there are accidents in Cincinnati, OH, you will actually be able to see color coded speed indicators on highways in Boston.

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